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Noun. December 16, 2013, Word of the Day
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Definition

The Indian counterpart of the western nanny.
She is the invisible backbone of our privileged households who, sometimes in addition to taking care of young children, also does a lot of of menial household work for a pittance.

Usage

Priya: Guess what? My ayah is demanding a 500 Rs pay hike!!
Shreya: Mine did too yaar, but I gave her a raise. Think about it, the food prices are going up so much. Besides, if she leaves, I will get fired! who will take care of our little sonu..
Added 2011-12-01 by Kochu kalli

Root

Tamil

Region

All India

Categories

People

Terms referencing this

POMO Man, Bai

Definition 2 of 2

ayah

\aa yah\
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Noun.
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Definition

A female help around the house and in hospitals and nursing homes.

Usage

Lady to friend: We have an ayah to look after the kids.
Dr to nurse: Ask ayah to clean the bed pan
Added 2011-11-29 by Cyanide

Root

Tamil

Region

South India

Categories

People

Terms referencing this

POMO Man, Bai